Trauma-based & Family Psychotherapy For Angry, Anxious, Depressed, and Frustrated Families

“Why we choose suicide”


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Suicide is a sensitive topic but a necessary one as well. As a therapist working with children and adolescents, the topic of suicide comes up often and I find myself struggling with how to explain away a client’s emotions and thoughts. From an existential perspective, suicide is natural condition often triggered by life’s difficulties and disappointments. It’s something many people have had to grapple with in their own lives and in their own minds. It is not an “abnormal” thing. One of the first things I tell my suicidal teens who are mature enough to understand is that suicidal thoughts are not abnormal. Having these thoughts do not make you abnormal or make you “strange.” It is a natural human “symptom” to a bigger problem. Acting on suicidal thoughts and choosing the means to end it all is what we ALL want to prevent. But how do we do this without encouraging kids to take their own lives or pushing them over the edge? I say we prevent suicide with education and the right amount of compassion.

The following videos provide just the right amount of both.

“Why we choose suicide”:

Suicide Prevention:

As always, I wish you well

*CORONA VIRUS UPDATE1050 Lincoln Way, Ste 1 - Pittsburgh PA

As we get closer to the middle of May states across the nation are passing laws, reducing restrictions, and enacting new regulations to help support the transition from stay-at-home orders to the normal flow of life again.

Unfortunately, Gov. Wolf hasn't reduced the mask wearing restrictions in Allegheny County. However, he has announced most of Western PA will be moving to the yellow phase beginning May 15. This means that we can slowly regain some normalcy.

But until the mask wearing restrictions are reduced or eliminated Anchored Child & Family Counseling will remain closed. I will be making small transitions back to the office over the course of summer and seeing some clients in-person based on need.The office will be open starting June 17, 2020 with the goal of remaining open until/if state laws change in response to Corona virus restrictions.

In the meantime, I will be continuing teletherapy sessions until mid-June. My office assistant and I will be monitoring your insurance policy to ensure that you will be covered for teletherapy and that your copayments will be waived. At this time, it appears that all major insurance companies (UPMC, Highmark, Aetna, Optum/United, and Cigna) are continuing to provide coverage for teletherapy.

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Thank you


Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Licensed Child & Family Therapist
National Board Certified Counselor
Internationally Certified Trauma Therapist

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